Tales From The Bivouac, Dakar 2012

Discussion in 'Racing' started by Deadly99, Nov 1, 2011.

  1. Stagehand

    Stagehand Imperfectionist

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  2. $low-n-0ld Racing

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    Deadly,
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    I feel your pain, anxiety, excitement, apprehension and loathing of disco. At the same time, I’m giddy like a little school girl, my flight departs on the 27th as well...and I'm just a spectator.
  3. vander

    vander full-time dreamer

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    I had not seen this before, Its from last year but antway, maybe sombady else didnt saw it before, like me.

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  4. Bluebull2007

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    :lol3 Don't worry Ted, Robb is a big disco fan! :evil

    + 1 regarding earplugs, don't forget the EARPLUGS!!

    You're going to love it, but its hard work. A few of the little things you might consider that the riders will appreciate big time:

    - Make up their energy supplement drink at the end of the day while they take their boots off and add cubes of ice if you can find.
    - A friendly word of encouragement in the morning might go unanswered, but believe me the pre-race nerves simply do not go away every day.
    - A positive disposition with a bit of friendly banter - riders are so into staying focused and concentrating all day, so help them to de-stress and relax if you can.
    - Take notes from the guys about their bikes for the mechanics and check the mechanics get through it all. Feedback to the riders in the morning on this will be another confidence booster.
    - Be sure to attend the daily briefing (team manager normally does this) but go anyway and compare notes; sometimes one person misses out on important detail.
    - Stop and buy bananas for the boys as they get off their bikes if you can find them
    - Take ownership of the riders bags, make sure they know where they are at each biv and maybe suggest you hand onto their pens and markers for them. This saves about 5 minutes of scratching about when all the rider really wants to do is relax.
    -Offer to drive - Scratch that- You'll probably be driving all the time. :D

    Enjoy yourself. Take lots of photos for us.

    You're not going to sleep much, so get it in while you still can !!
  5. Deadly99

    Deadly99 Fast and Far

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    Thanks for the tips Neil, much appreciated :thumb As for getting sleep now....work is exploding with getting all the year end stuff completed and prepping my work for a few weeks of being absent...throw Christmas into the mix and I leave on the 27th and have 23 hours of flights, etc before arriving the night before scrutineering starts and jeepers....wish I had a few days down south before the circus starts but it is what it is.
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    c.vestal Rally On

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    See ya soon Ted!! :freaky
  7. doyle

    doyle RallyRaidReview-ing

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    The months and weeks of preparation for some of the bravest off-road riders in the world will shortly come to a head when the 34th Dakar Rally sets off from Buenos Aires for the 9000km two week race, regularly dubbed as one of the toughest in the world. Yamaha will count on a fine representation of 40 riders from the 188 entrants of the motorcycle class and over half of the 32-strong Quad category once the clock starts on New Years day....More
  8. Deadly99

    Deadly99 Fast and Far

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  9. Dread Pendragon

    Dread Pendragon Don't look back

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    Ted, these earplugs are seriously worth their weight in gold.

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    I have a difficult time sleeping, especially with any noise at all. When I go on rides with my friends they almost all snore (one guy makes the sounds of a calf being eaten alive, tail-first . . . true story!). I get terrible sleep, unless I remember to bring these. They darn near completely shut out the outside world.

    If you don't have time to order some I might have a new pair I'd be happy to mail you.

    Mike
  10. Bluebull2007

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    :lol3 That made me laugh. Go on- tell us the story!
  11. Deadly99

    Deadly99 Fast and Far

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    Show tunes eh :eek1

    We'll see if my Canadian accent can combat three weeks of show tunes....eh!


    :rofl



    Given I leave in a week and our postal services won't be running due to government forced holidays (Christmas) I don't think receiving something in the mail at this late hour is realalistic. A huge thanks for the offer though :thumb

    +2 on hearing the story :lurk


    I grabbed a handful of those orange ear plugs from the shop at work, should be fine as I'm half deaf from years of two strokes :wink:
  12. Dread Pendragon

    Dread Pendragon Don't look back

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    Well, it's not that good of a story, but any story that happens in Moab is probably worth telling. The first time I went to Moab we didn't do much planning ahead, but were able to get a camping spot in Canyonlands Campground. It's one of those places that have 100 people camping within 100 meters (is it really "camping" if you can hear someone fart 4 tents over?).

    Three of us were in a tent, shoulder to shoulder. I was in the middle and both of the other guys were snoring, but one guy started snoring especially bad. When I say he sounded like a calf being eaten alive, that is absolutely not an embellishment. I remember thinking that every camper within 80 yards of us had to be hearing him loud and clear and must be getting angry.

    I finally decided I had better wake him up. He flipped over and went back to snoring "normally". I don't know how a person makes that sound. He was probably near death via sleep apnea and waking him saved his life. :D
  13. bumblebee1

    bumblebee1 All bikes are dirt bikes

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    Hey Deadly.
    Do yourself a favour and grab a couple of packs of silicone earplugs at any pharmacy. They're about five bucks a dozen. They're for kids but work great as I too am a light sleeper and use them all the time. you can combine one and a half to make a bigger one if needed.
    There's some orange ones too.
    Just make sure your hands are clean and oil free. Oh, and your ears too.

    Bring back many pictures
    Good luck and enjoy your adventure.
  14. Robb Mc

    Robb Mc what?

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    Ted you'll be fine...

    Earplugs are good, but you'll also be so tired you could sleep in a disco. Which incidentally, it will sound like in the truck most of the time. I'm also a big Cameo fan. Word up.

    We'll have a nice sit down at the house before the race with the crew and talk about what to expect, what everyone's expected to do, etc etc. Then the race will start and we'll adjust that plan as necessary. I will also apologize then for getting testy at some point later in the race. It'll happen, don't take it personally!

    Biggest thing is just to roll with the punches.. you'll have to get up before you want (we all do) you'll have to go hungry at times. You'll want to go to bed but have one more thing to get done before you do. You'll want to take a shower but not have time.. But as long as you keep a positive attitude and laugh a little, you'll have a blast.. Niles and I laugh the whole way through (which reminds me, sometimes we like to watch tv in the truck so if you want to bring some videos on your phone or ipod, we'll watch them in the mornings when we hit the road, before naptime).

    See you in Mar del Plata!
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    Very jealous. Have fun!
  16. 4badboyz

    4badboyz Been here awhile

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    Hey Ted you lucky tard you!:evil
    I can only imagine what’s going through your head right now. Being a part of a team in one of the most renowned motorcycle racing events on the planet must be intimidating to say the least. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
    I think you need to give yourself some credit though. The team is very lucky to have someone as knowledgeable, focused, dedicated and experienced as you, along with them. <o:p></o:p>
    I’m Deadly certain that when it’s all said and done you will have made a solid contribution to the outcome of the event.<o:p></o:p>
    Cheers and good luck Ted!
    we're with you every step of the way:D
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    No kidding. What an opportunity. Can't wait to get the book.
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    Sheet I'm getting excited, and I'm not even in your shoes.
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    And the drama begins.....



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